Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.

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China and Myanmar’s growing closeness could help forge united front against international critics

Both sides are expected to support each other in areas such as the Rohingya crisis and Xinjiang following Xi Jinping’s visit.

20 Jan 2020 - 11:02PM

Both sides are expected to support each other in areas such as the Rohingya crisis and Xinjiang following Xi Jinping’s visit.

China and Myanmar’s growing closeness could help forge united front against international critics
Chinese President Xi Jinping wraps up Myanmar visit with string of infrastructure deals, including strategic Indian Ocean port

Trip helps cement Beijing’s ties to its neighbour, which is facing growing international criticism over its treatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

19 Jan 2020 - 11:43AM

Trip helps cement Beijing’s ties to its neighbour, which is facing growing international criticism over its treatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Chinese President Xi Jinping wraps up Myanmar visit with string of infrastructure deals, including strategic Indian Ocean port
Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar for visit that aims to cement ties

Chinese president is to meet the country’s de facto head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi, to discuss Belt and Road Initiative deals. Beijing has shown support for Myanmar’s government as pressure from the West grows about its treatment of the Rohingya minority.

18 Jan 2020 - 4:08AM

Chinese president is to meet the country’s de facto head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi, to discuss Belt and Road Initiative deals. Beijing has shown support for Myanmar’s government as pressure from the West grows about its treatment of the Rohingya minority.

Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar for visit that aims to cement ties
China turns to Myanmar as the ‘friendly giant in the neighbourhood’

When Xi Jinping arrives in the Southeast Asian nation for the first state visit in 19 years, he will come bearing gifts – billions of dollars of investment projects.

17 Jan 2020 - 2:56PM

When Xi Jinping arrives in the Southeast Asian nation for the first state visit in 19 years, he will come bearing gifts – billions of dollars of investment projects.

China turns to Myanmar as the ‘friendly giant in the neighbourhood’
China sees Myanmar as stepping stone to Indian Ocean, energy security

Chinese President Xi Jinping will begin a two-day trip to Southeast Asian nation on Friday with hopes high he can help finalise details of a US$1.3 billion deal to develop Kyaukpyu port.

15 Jan 2020 - 10:03PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping will begin a two-day trip to Southeast Asian nation on Friday with hopes high he can help finalise details of a US$1.3 billion deal to develop Kyaukpyu port.

China sees Myanmar as stepping stone to Indian Ocean, energy security
Why fishing boats are on the territorial front lines of the South China Sea

A stand-off between China and Indonesia near the Natuna Islands highlights the growing role civilian fishing fleets play in national claims.

12 Jan 2020 - 11:17PM

A stand-off between China and Indonesia near the Natuna Islands highlights the growing role civilian fishing fleets play in national claims.

Why fishing boats are on the territorial front lines of the South China Sea
China starts work on US$97 million, 10,700 tonne civilian patrol vessel – its biggest ever

Ship commissioned by Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration expected to go to sea in September next year.

8 Jan 2020 - 11:34PM

Ship commissioned by Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration expected to go to sea in September next year.

China starts work on US$97 million, 10,700 tonne civilian patrol vessel – its biggest ever
Be vigilant, Chinese embassy in Jakarta says as fishing row adds to anti-Beijing sentiment

Jakarta sent vessels to defend its waters after entry by Chinese fishing boats and coastguard ships, with tensions already high after protests over China’s detention of Muslim minorities.

7 Jan 2020 - 10:22PM

Jakarta sent vessels to defend its waters after entry by Chinese fishing boats and coastguard ships, with tensions already high after protests over China’s detention of Muslim minorities.

Be vigilant, Chinese embassy in Jakarta says as fishing row adds to anti-Beijing sentiment
Marco Rubio urges US Congress to pass Uygur bill to counter China’s crackdown in Xinjiang

Republican senator says human rights issues should not be overlooked for the trade deal or ‘intermingled’ with geopolitical issues.

6 Jan 2020 - 11:16PM

Republican senator says human rights issues should not be overlooked for the trade deal or ‘intermingled’ with geopolitical issues.

Marco Rubio urges US Congress to pass Uygur bill to counter China’s crackdown in Xinjiang
Chinese President Xi Jinping to take over as host of ‘17+1’ summit with European leaders

Decision to replace Premier Li Keqiang at annual meeting reflects Beijing’s increased focus on Europe amid rising tensions with US, sources say.

2 Jan 2020 - 11:44PM

Decision to replace Premier Li Keqiang at annual meeting reflects Beijing’s increased focus on Europe amid rising tensions with US, sources say.

Chinese President Xi Jinping to take over as host of ‘17+1’ summit with European leaders
China, Iran should stand together against ‘unilateralism and bullying’, Wang Yi says

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells Iranian counterpart that US withdrawal from nuclear pact and sanctions are ‘sources of current tension’.

1 Jan 2020 - 11:26PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells Iranian counterpart that US withdrawal from nuclear pact and sanctions are ‘sources of current tension’.

China, Iran should stand together against ‘unilateralism and bullying’, Wang Yi says
Asean members up the ante on South China Sea amid code of conduct talks

Southeast Asian nations may also be seeking to coordinate their efforts as deadline for agreement with Beijing approaches in 2021.

29 Dec 2019 - 11:23PM

Southeast Asian nations may also be seeking to coordinate their efforts as deadline for agreement with Beijing approaches in 2021.

Asean members up the ante on South China Sea amid code of conduct talks
Executives detained in Taiwan amid spying claims seek help from Hong Kong

Xiang Xin and his wife Kung Ching, who were taken away by investigators on November 24, instruct lawyers to send letter to city’s representative office in Taipei.

28 Dec 2019 - 10:56PM

Xiang Xin and his wife Kung Ching, who were taken away by investigators on November 24, instruct lawyers to send letter to city’s representative office in Taipei.

Executives detained in Taiwan amid spying claims seek help from Hong Kong
China and Japan should not see each other as a threat, Xi Jinping tells Shinzo Abe

Chinese president welcomed Japanese prime minister to Beijing as relations between the two sides continue to thaw after years of tension.

24 Dec 2019 - 12:42AM

Chinese president welcomed Japanese prime minister to Beijing as relations between the two sides continue to thaw after years of tension.

China and Japan should not see each other as a threat, Xi Jinping tells Shinzo Abe
China eager to help break Japan-South Korea stalemate at summit and ease way to free-trade agreement

Annual summit in Chengdu will strengthen Beijing’s influence in East Asia and fill diplomatic void left by US, observers say.

23 Dec 2019 - 8:46AM

Annual summit in Chengdu will strengthen Beijing’s influence in East Asia and fill diplomatic void left by US, observers say.

China eager to help break Japan-South Korea stalemate at summit and ease way to free-trade agreement
China likely to push Japan on regional trade pact when Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe meet in Beijing

Japanese prime minister is meanwhile expected to raise Hong Kong and North Korea as well as human rights, after professor was detained on suspicion of spying.

22 Dec 2019 - 10:30PM

Japanese prime minister is meanwhile expected to raise Hong Kong and North Korea as well as human rights, after professor was detained on suspicion of spying.

China likely to push Japan on regional trade pact when Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe meet in Beijing
Beijing urges UN commission not to consider Malaysian claim in South China Sea

Chinese permanent mission the United Nations says neighbour has ‘seriously infringed on sovereignty, rights and jurisdiction’.

17 Dec 2019 - 7:00AM

Chinese permanent mission the United Nations says neighbour has ‘seriously infringed on sovereignty, rights and jurisdiction’.

Beijing urges UN commission not to consider Malaysian claim in South China Sea
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen calls for calm after man held over ‘bomb’ placed outside opposition party office weeks before election

Suspect is shot and detained by police after 13-hour stand-off in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

14 Dec 2019 - 10:17PM

Suspect is shot and detained by police after 13-hour stand-off in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen calls for calm after man held over ‘bomb’ placed outside opposition party office weeks before election
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil faces backlash in China after attacking human rights abuses in Xinjiang

Former Germany international urged Muslims around the world to speak up about plight of Uygurs and other minority groups in far western region.

14 Dec 2019 - 11:39PM

Former Germany international urged Muslims around the world to speak up about plight of Uygurs and other minority groups in far western region.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil faces backlash in China after attacking human rights abuses in Xinjiang
China, Japan must rebuild trust after detention of ‘spy’ Nobu Iwatani, Japanese official says

Academics are concerned about travelling to China in wake of professor Nobu Iwatani’s two-month detention, aid agency director Koji Fujiya tells forum in Beijing.

12 Dec 2019 - 6:22PM

Academics are concerned about travelling to China in wake of professor Nobu Iwatani’s two-month detention, aid agency director Koji Fujiya tells forum in Beijing.

China, Japan must rebuild trust after detention of ‘spy’ Nobu Iwatani, Japanese official says
China’s rare nod for Korean war film seen as boost to nationalism

The Battle of Triangle Hill is known in China as a victory against foreign aggressors.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:22PM

The Battle of Triangle Hill is known in China as a victory against foreign aggressors.

China’s rare nod for Korean war film seen as boost to nationalism
China’s top diplomat Wang Yi says Beijing will back Myanmar to resolve its problems

In talks with leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Foreign Minister Wang Yi urges country to push forward infrastructure projects under China-Myanmar Economic Corridor.

18 Dec 2019 - 2:57PM

In talks with leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Foreign Minister Wang Yi urges country to push forward infrastructure projects under China-Myanmar Economic Corridor.

China’s top diplomat Wang Yi says Beijing will back Myanmar to resolve its problems
China hopes to profit as US relationship with Japan and South Korea frays

Beijing is trying to improve ties with its neighbours as the Trump administration complains about the costs of America’s alliances with Tokyo and Seoul.

7 Dec 2019 - 4:54AM

Beijing is trying to improve ties with its neighbours as the Trump administration complains about the costs of America’s alliances with Tokyo and Seoul.

China hopes to profit as US relationship with Japan and South Korea frays
China’s top diplomat Wang Yi says unilateralism, bullying ‘biggest threat’ to global stability

Chinese foreign minister also calls for stronger ties with ‘close neighbour, friend and partner’ South Korea during meeting with counterpart Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul.

4 Dec 2019 - 10:21PM

Chinese foreign minister also calls for stronger ties with ‘close neighbour, friend and partner’ South Korea during meeting with counterpart Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul.

China’s top diplomat Wang Yi says unilateralism, bullying ‘biggest threat’ to global stability
China’s top diplomat Wang Yi to visit South Korea as Beijing seeks to repair ties

Foreign Minister Wang Yi will spend two days in Seoul and is expected to meet President Moon Jae-in.

4 Dec 2019 - 8:00AM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi will spend two days in Seoul and is expected to meet President Moon Jae-in.

China’s top diplomat Wang Yi to visit South Korea as Beijing seeks to repair ties
How the West could drive Cambodia further into China’s clutches

Hun Sen’s regime to discuss free-trade deal with China amid EU and US threats to end trade privileges over Cambodia’s human rights record – but there has been growing resentment over Chinese investment.

18 Dec 2019 - 2:55PM

Hun Sen’s regime to discuss free-trade deal with China amid EU and US threats to end trade privileges over Cambodia’s human rights record – but there has been growing resentment over Chinese investment.

How the West could drive Cambodia further into China’s clutches
Chinese police prepare for Macau handover anniversary with anti-terror drill near Hong Kong

Zhuhai police, at the end of the world’s longest sea bridge, use body armour and tear gas in preparation for Macau’s 20th anniversary celebration.

30 Nov 2019 - 11:47PM

Zhuhai police, at the end of the world’s longest sea bridge, use body armour and tear gas in preparation for Macau’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Chinese police prepare for Macau handover anniversary with anti-terror drill near Hong Kong
Vietnam and China promise to keep talking as they look to settle differences over South China Sea

Three-day meeting in Beijing ends with pledges to continue working towards a peaceful solution in the disputed waters.

18 Dec 2019 - 2:53PM

Three-day meeting in Beijing ends with pledges to continue working towards a peaceful solution in the disputed waters.

Vietnam and China promise to keep talking as they look to settle differences over South China Sea
Xi Jinping again backs Hong Kong police use of force in stopping unrest

Chinese president addresses crisis on sidelines of international summit.

15 Nov 2019 - 12:53AM

Chinese president addresses crisis on sidelines of international summit.

Xi Jinping again backs Hong Kong police use of force in stopping unrest
China accuses US and Britain of hypocrisy over violence in Hong Kong

Foreign ministry says London and Washington did not ‘sternly condemn’ torching of man in the city.

13 Nov 2019 - 2:00AM

Foreign ministry says London and Washington did not ‘sternly condemn’ torching of man in the city.

China accuses US and Britain of hypocrisy over violence in Hong Kong